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Which graphite products and recipes do you use?

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$19 for more fine grind (44micron) graphite than you can use in a lifetime. The label says mix 10% by volume to mixed epoxy for "low-friction exterior coatings with increased scuff resistance and durability". Their words not mine. Also can create it's own static charge while mixing and an inhalation hazzard!

  • A low friction exterior coating. I wonder if that would work on car bodies to reduce drag on the sides of my track. I can see I'm gonna have to test this one too! — Chaos_Canyon
  • wonder if you could use a small piano wire and create a "bushed" wheel that way — dr_dodge
  • I have a jar of moly like that, and have been experimenting using on the slot cars, made a paste of moly and Lebelle 107 to lube the gears, and it seems to do well — dr_dodge
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Chaos_Canyon 2/17/23

I have two main types of graphite, one from an online shop on TradeMe and one from Hobby City. Both work equally well. 

Very intrigued by the iso idea. Would make getting the graphite down into the wheel a bit easier I suspect. I can see some serious testing in my future.

I also have a can of some spray from bunnings that also works ok for cars that just need a bit of a boost - normally I only use it for cars when testing my track if they're a bit slow etc

  • Yeah, the iso really works. It covers everything it touches with graphite, including the inner wheel hub that rubs on the chassis, and the inner axle channel which is great for stock castings (if the axle happens to be free-spinning).). — FeralPatrick

Great discussion! I've been using three types that have already been mentioned: XLR8, Maximum Velocity, and Hob-E-Lube.

I generally start with Hob-E-Lube on cars while wheel farming, then switch to the others with the long applicators after assembly to get into the wheel hubs easier.

I'm not really convinced that one brand is really better than the other. I think the "Secrete Sauce" is just having a great set of wheels. 

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Spirit_Of_64 2/17/23

It just occurs to me I should maybe link to the video I mentioned earlier IRT hardware store/industrial grade graphite...

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